Will it be ‘Arise Sir Shi­mon’ for Peres?

The Jewish Chronicle - - News - BY AN­SHEL PF­EF­FER

IS­RAELI PRES­I­DENT Shi­mon Peres may re­ceive an honorary ti­tle from the Queen on his forth­com­ing visit to Bri­tain next month. The de­tails of the visit, first re­ported in the JC last month, and any pos­si­ble ti­tle, are still un­der dis­cus­sion be­tween the For­eign Of­fice and Buck­ing­ham Palace.

Mr Peres will visit Bri­tain on Novem­ber 18 for three days. Al­though the trip is not classified as an of­fi­cial state visit, he is sched­uled to meet the Queen.

Un­der the head­line “Sir Peres”, a re­port in the Is­raeli tabloid Ye­diot Ahronot, based on sources in the Is­raeli For­eign Min­istry, said that Mr Peres would be re­ceiv­ing a knight­hood dur­ing his visit. How­ever, for­eign cit­i­zens can only re­ceive honorary knight­hoods, are not gazetted and do not have the right to call them­selves “Sir”.

Such ti­tles are usu­ally con­ferred on the rec­om­men­da­tion of the For­eign Of­fice. As it is, any hon­our that Mr Peres may or may not re­ceive has yet to be fi­nalised.

Sources in­volved with prepa­ra­tions for the visit say that the Palace has “yet to get back to the For­eign Of­fice” on the mat­ter.

PHOTO: AP

Is­raeli Pres­i­dent Shi­mon Peres, bound for Lon­don in Novem­ber

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